Oct. 16, 2013
Northwestern vs. Illinois Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern continues to enjoy the comforts of home as in-state rival Illinois visits Lakeside Field Thursday night for a key Big Ten match. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and be sure to arrive early as the first 200 fans through the gates will receive a FREE Northwestern women’s soccer t-shirt.
Last Time Out
Northwestern freshman Addie Steiner recorded her first career goal and Kate Allen added two assists as the Wildcats knocked of the Minnesota Golden Gophers 2-0 last Saturday at Lakeside Field. It was a hard-fought win for the Wildcats against a Minnesota squad who entered the contest receiving votes in the NSCAA poll after upsetting ranked foes Michigan and Penn State. The ’Cats put the pressure on Minnesota throughout the game, outshooting the Gophers 19-6 and 9-5 in shots on goal. Junior forward Katie Landgrebe scored the first goal of the match in the first half while Steiner added the insurance goal at 79:43.
Last Time vs. Illinois
The last time Northwestern and Illinois met on the pitch it came down to the very last seconds with the Wildcats taking the 2-1 comeback victory in Champaign. Trailing 1-0 for much of the match, Georgia Waddle tallied the equalizer with exactly nine minutes remaining and junior forward Kate Allen converted a penalty kick with just four seconds showing on the clock to give the ’Cats the win.
The Northwestern defense held strong, fighting off 31 Illini shot attempts with their lone goal coming off a penalty kick in the first half.
Waddle tied things up for the ’Cats at 81:00 with her fourth goal of the season, shortly after entering the game at 79:55. Bo Podkopacz sent the ball over from the left side of the box and Illinois keeper Steph Panozzo came out to attempt to make the save. She was unable to stop the ball and Waddle got past Panozzo and was able to slide one in near the goal line for the score.
The Illini put pressure on the ’Cats after that with six shots in the final minutes, but were unable to convert. With the clock winding down, Northwestern had a final opportunity to end the game in regulation. Waddle set up the eventual game-winner with a throw-in deep in Illini territory with about 20 seconds left. NU had two shots that were deflected and then Illinois was whistled for a handball in the box with just four seconds remaining in the game.
Kate Allen stepped up for the ’Cats to take the penalty kick and sent a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net to score her team-leading seventh goal of the season and send NU back to Evanston with the 2-1 victory.
Steiner Breaks Through
Freshman forward Addie Steiner has been threatening on the Northwestern offense all season and her efforts paid off on Saturday against Minnesota as she scored her first career goal. The NU newcomer led the team on Saturday with six shots, including three on goal, in 48 minutes off the bench. Her look in the 79th minute found the back of the net after Kate Allen sent a pass to Steiner and she converted from about 17 yards out. Steiner has played all 14 matches for NU, starting seven, and is tied for second on the team with 27 shots and ranks second with 13 shots on goal.
Northwestern’s offensive numbers have been on the upswing since head coach Michael Moynihan joined the program. This year, the Wildcats are averaging 14.5 shots per game, an improvement upon last year’s mark of 10.3 shots per game. In 2011, the year before Moynihan arrived, the Wildcats had just 9.9 shots per contest.
The 14.5 shots per game mark ranks 10th in the Big Ten, but Kate Allen’s 3.93 looks per game is tied for fifth in the conference.
Senior forward Kate Allen continues to move up in the NU record book. On Saturday, she assisted on both goals to bring her career point total to 52, which ranks third in program history. She now has a career-high, and team-leading, five assists this year for 10 career assists, which ties for 10th all-time. She also is tied for first on the team with three goals.
Here’s a closer look at where Allen ranks in the NU record book:
Career Points: 52 (3rd)
Career Goals: 21 (3rd)
Career Assists: 10 (T-10th)
Points in a Season: 17 in 2012 (T-9th)
Goals in a Season: 7 in 2012 (T-8th)
Junior forward Katie Landgrebe is tied for the team lead, along with Kate Allen, scoring three goals so far this season. She has emerged as a key contributor on the NU offense as all three of her career goals were scored this year. She also has been efficient with her shot selection as those three goals have been scored off of 10 total shots and five total shots on goal all year. Landgrebe has played all 14 matches, starting two, for Northwestern this year.
Junior defender Jackie Alyinovich has provided a consistent presence on the Northwestern defense for the last three seasons. She has played all 52 matches the last three seasons, starting 51. This year, Alyinovich has played every minute on the NU back line, helping the Wildcats record four shutouts. In fact, Alyinovich has not subbed out of a game since Sept. 30, 2012 when she just played the first half at Indiana. Since then, she has logged 1,884+ straight minutes on the NU defense, helping the squad shut out six opponents in that span.
Know the Foe: Illinois
2013 Record: 7-5-2, 2-3-1 Big Ten
Notable: Illinois has one of the higher-powered offenses in the Big Ten as the team's 2.71 goals per game ranks second in the Big Ten. Much of that is thanks to Jannelle Flaws, who leads the Big Ten in shots (4.79/game), points (2.21/game; T-1st) and goals (1.07/game; 15 total). Defensively, the Illini are allowing 2.07 goals per game, which ranks second-to-last in the conference. Illinois is coming off a 3-2 win over No. 20 Wisconsin.
More Info: FightingIllini.com
Up Next: Ohio State
Northwestern hits the road this weekend and travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State on Sunday. Match time is set for 11 a.m. CT and is part one of a double-header in Columbus as the Northwestern men's team takes on the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. CT.
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